A collision between a standard passenger vehicle and a commercial truck can have catastrophic effects on victims. Commercial trucks can weigh more than 80,000 pounds – about 20 times the weight of the average car. When a commercial truck crashes into a smaller vehicle, the passengers in the latter almost always suffer worse injuries. Common truck accident injuries can range from bone fractures to permanent disabilities.
At Tillmann Law, we are passionate about helping victims of truck accidents in Portland and throughout Oregon. We do what we can on behalf of the seriously injured in the form of insurance settlement negotiations and personal injury legal representation. Find out how we might be able to help you and your family after a truck accident in Portland. Call (503) 272-8986 for a free initial consultation with a Portland truck accident lawyer.
It is even more important to speak to a lawyer for a truck accident claim than a typical car accident case in Portland. Truck accident cases involve unique factors such as federal motor carrier laws, truck company protocols, and vicarious liability. Navigating these factors while protecting your rights can prove difficult without help from an experienced attorney. Hiring a lawyer will give you more power during insurance settlement negotiations. Insurance corporations are more likely to offer fair settlements if a lawyer asks for it instead of an individual victim.
At the beginning of your truck accident claim, the focus will be on liability: who was at fault for your traffic accident? Although Oregon permits drivers to add on no-fault insurance to their policies, injured victims in the state can bring fault-based claims against other drivers as well. Fault-based lawsuits and third-party insurance claims often result in better compensation than no-fault first-party insurance claims. Before you can bring a fault-based claim, however, you or your lawyer must determine fault.
Truck driver error is one of the main causes of disastrous truck accidents in Portland. Truck drivers who take their eyes off the road, text and drive, speed, tailgate, eat behind the wheel, drive drowsy, break traffic laws or breach federal rules put others’ lives at risk. Work with the Portland truck accident lawyers at Tillmann Law for assistance determining the proximate cause of your crash.
Liability is another reason you need a lawyer to help you with a truck accident claim in Portland. Liability for a truck accident is not always as simple as liability for a standard car accident. A truck accident involves not only the driver but also the truck company, truck owner, cargo company, truck manufacturer, and other parties. In most cases, a trucking company will be vicariously liable for the negligence of its drivers. Your case could be against a truck company, therefore, if a truck driver carelessly or recklessly caused your collision in Portland.
The trucking company could also be liable for its own negligence. For instance, if the company neglected to properly train a new driver in a hurry to get him or her on the road, and that driver caused an accident by using the incorrect braking technique, the trucking company could be at fault. Another common reason for a claim against a trucking company is inadequate fleet maintenance. Negligent truck maintenance can lead to dangerous breakdowns and equipment malfunctions. Going up against a trucking company or another large corporation often takes help from a lawyer in Portland. A Portland accident lawyer enables you to match a defendant’s resources with your own.
Other parties that may owe you compensation for causing or contributing to your Portland truck accident are a truck part manufacturer, cargo company, or the government. A manufacturer might be liable if a defective truck part caused your accident. Sometimes, the companies that own the cargo have crewmembers to load the trucks. If they make mistakes that lead to load shifts or lost loads in transit, the cargo company could be liable. In other cases, the City of Portland might take responsibility for an accident related to a defective roadway. Speak to a lawyer to determine fault in your case.
Naming the appropriate defendant is just one of the many things the lawyers at Tillmann Law can do on your behalf. We can investigate your truck accident for signs of fault. Then, we can collect evidence to help prove your side of the case, such as the truck’s black box, electronic logging device, employee driving records, police reports, eyewitness statements, and medical records. Our attorneys know how to build a trucking accident case in Portland that will optimize your odds of recovering fair compensation.
Our personal injury lawyers can help you stand up for the right to obtain compensation for many different damages. We can handle cases involving broken bones, lacerations, contusions, soft-tissue injuries, brain injuries, back injuries, organ damage, and many other injuries related to a truck accident.
If you are the victim of a truck accident in Portland, please contact Tillmann Law for a free consultation of your case. in Portland. You might have grounds to file a claim against one or more parties. We can assess your crash and give you an estimate of its value. Our lawyers may also be able to help you fight for maximum financial recovery. Call (503) 272-8986 now to schedule a free initial consultation with a Portland personal injury lawyer.
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